Students learn about Canadian coins and bills and how to differentiate between needs and wants. They explore concepts on earning, saving, spending and sharing money, and how advertising can influence spending decisions.



The book “Just Saving My Money” by Mercer Mayer is read and discussed. Students learn ways to earn money. They are introduced to bank accounts and the importance of saving.

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Earn, Save, Spend & Share

Grade 1

Grade 1 students learn the names and values of Canadian bills and coins through song. They learn about making choices related to money, and using money to help others.

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I Need It! I Want It!

Grade 2

Grade 2 students explore the difference between needs and wants. They review Canadian bank notes and coins, and play an interactive money matching and shopping game.

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Spending Sense

Grade 3

Grade 3 students examine the choices people make when spending money. They are introduced to the concept of goods and services, and play a comparison shopping game.

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Grade 4

A reading of “Rock, Brock and the Saving Shock” is followed by a craft-based activity, and discussions on savings goals in Grade 4. Students take home a handmade piggy bank.

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Money & Payment Options

Grade 5

Grade 5 students learn the history, characteristics and functions of money. They are introduced to payment options and play a fun, interactive activity.

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Savvy Spending

Grade 6

Grade 6 students learn how advertising influences the decisions people make on how they spend their money. They explore how it may alter perceptions of needs and wants.

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